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The Story on Page One (1959)

Approved | | Drama | December 1959 (USA)
Courtroom drama about an adulterous pair who is charged with murdering the outraged husband of the cheating woman.

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Clifford Odets

Writer:

Clifford Odets
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
Anthony Franciosa ... Victor Santini
Gig Young ... Larry Ellis
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Ellis
Hugh Griffith ... Judge Edgar Neilsen
Sanford Meisner ... Phil Stanley
Robert Burton ... District Attorney Nordeau
Alfred Ryder ... Lt. Mike Morris
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Mrs. Hattie Brown
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Carey
Myrna Fahey ... Alice
Leo Penn Leo Penn ... Morrie Goetz
Sheridan Comerate ... Ofcr. Francis Morris
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Storyline

When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with Larry, the adulterous couple find themselves on trial for their lives, with their lawyers fighting the pair's reluctance to turn against each other. Written by scgary66

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Did Their Relationship Have To Lead To Murder? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Question of Mortality See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,748,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the May 25, 1959 edition of Daily Variety, Marilyn Monroe was the first choice for the lead. See more »

Goofs

The California state flag behind the witness stand keeps changing. Sometimes the word "Republic" can be read, and in others it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Jo Morris: Mike, I think you better go.
Lt. Mike Morris: What?
Jo Morris: I think you better go to work.
Lt. Mike Morris: Oh, yeah. I know, what's your hurry. Here's your hat. Hello, goodbye!
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Soundtracks

The Minstrel Boy
(uncredited)
Music from the Irish air "The Moreen"
Played on the organ
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It was the 'Lifelike' sound that made the picture so captivating.
2 October 2016 | by bigsilentfan-1See all my reviews

From the beginning, I noticed how well my TV's stereo was working when watching this story. Funny thing is, this was a Mono. recording originally? Perhaps it was an illusion but it was as if each person had their own microphone and the voices seemed to jump left and right just as the characters sat across from each other. In most films, I hardly notice anything stereo when two people are sitting quite close together. The sound worked well with the 2.35:1 wide screen image...so wide that it still only filled half of my digital TV screen.

In the courtroom, in addition to the voices, the smallest noise of rustling paper or moving a glass filled the background. The result was very lifelike.

Not a great story, but one that is a real treat for the ears.


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